Jan 28, 2014

Green Peas and Spinach Soup

With nice cozy evenings outside, its time to enjoy warm soups. Children are getting very bored with regular milk evenings these days. They want to skip milk but promise they will have something healthy instead. Most of the time I think of the simplest option of soup. They love soup with croutons served alongside. Taking advantage of their liking and to give them a little choice in skipping their boring milk, I let them enjoy warm soups

Green peas is in season now so we are enjoying a lot of peas in all curries, parathas, soups, rice and every way possible. My kids love green peas and their sweet taste. They love them in all the recipes. Last week we had a very large packet on green peas at home... I saw them at the market and picked some, the same evening my hubby picked some when he saw them arrive fresh at the store and guess what my father-in-law also bought a big batch of green peas that day on his way back from work. So we all ended up working on peeling the whole batch and at the end got a big box full of fresh green peas

I love this soup as it has a nice texture and sweetness to it. Kids love it too. My younger kid is a big fan of soups and when he has green peas soup one day, he will sure ask me for some more over the next couple of days. This has become a regular habit of his but never mind I never feel like saying no as I enjoy watching my kids drink it. They just love it  so much that they can even skip their favorite cartoon show for this wonderful soup. Last week I had to make this soup 3 times as they got to see the big batch of peas hanging around the fridge right in front of their eyes. So every time they see it they will sure ask "When are we making green soup". We enjoy this soup and hope you enjoy it too

Serves... 2 ppl
Serve option... Hot

This is what u'll need....

Green  Peas - 1/2 cup 
Spinach - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 tspn 
Garlic - 5-6 cloves
Onion - 1 small
Pepper to taste
Oil - 1 tbspn
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pressure cooker and sprinkle in the cumin seeds. Let them sizzle and start spreading their aroma
  • Slice the garlic cloves and toss them into the oil. Stir it around on low flame to get the garlic cooking
  • Chop onions roughly and add add it to the cooker
  • Saute everything till the onion and garlic gets soft
  • Wash the spinach leaves and chop them roughly. Add this to the onion
  • Toss in green peas into the cooker and stir everything together. Cook them medium flame for a minute or two
  • Add a cup of water and mix everything together
  • Pressure cook the contents for upto 3-4 whistles or till everything turns soft
  • Turn off the flame and let it cool. When it cool enough to handle, transfer the contents to a blender and make it into a fine puree
  • Transfer it back to the cooker and add little water to get the desired consistency. Shake in salt and pepper to suit you taste. Bring it to a boil and turn off the flame
  • Serve it hot or warm topped with a little fresh cream and croutons
  • Enjoy your cup of warm soup
  • Add salt at the end after cooking eveything 
  • You might need just a whistle or 2. My cooker is a little slow so I need 3-4 whistles for even green peas and spinach
  • Cumin seeds give a nice flavor to the soup. If you dont like, you might want to skip that

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